Charles Duke

American engineer, U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut

Charles Moss "Charlie" Duke Jr. (born October 3, 1935), (Brig Gen, USAF, Ret.), is an American former astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force officer and test pilot. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon.

Charles M. Duke Jr.
Official NASA portrait Charles Moss Duke Jr.jpg
Charles Duke official NASA portrait,
21 September 1971
Born (1935-10-03) October 3, 1935 (age 87)
Other namesCharles Moss Duke Jr.
Alma materUSNA, B.S. 1957
MIT, M.S. 1964
OccupationFighter pilot, test pilot
AwardsNASA Distinguished Service Medal.jpg
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General, USAF
Time in space
11d 01h 51m
Selection1966 NASA Group 5
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
20 hours 25 minutes
MissionsApollo 16
Mission insignia
RetirementJanuary 1, 1976

He is a former test pilot, Duke has logged 4,147 hours flying time, which includes 3,632 hours in jet aircraft; and 265 hours in space, plus 20 hours and 15 minutes of extravehicular activity.[1]


  1. "Professional Profile". Archived from the original on 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2015-05-13.

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